Shopping for a book lover sounds simple. Buy them a book, right? But wait, what if they already have it? Or what if they read it and hate it? Or maybe you’re tired of only giving them books. Whatever the case, you can let out a deep sigh of relief right now. Because here’s the ultimate gift guide for book lovers, filled with ideas sure to please the bookworm in your life.
Literature Inspired Page Flags
Mark Favorite Passages in Style
These adorable page flags feature characters from classic books like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and more. They were designed by the California-based studio @girlofallwork, which specializes in crafting whimsical stationery.
The Book Lover's Journal
Keep Track of The Just Read Stack
This journal helps readers never forget their book conquests. Designed with places to jot down favorite quotes and overall impressions and to give each book a rating, this journal is the ultimate reading companion.
Knock Knock's Personal Library Kit
Swoony Vintage Library Vibes
Inspired by old school library cards, this Personal Library Kit from Knock Knock brings out the inner 1950s librarian in us all. This kit comes with everything needed to transform an ordinary book collection into the library of retro dreams.
Custom Library Stamp
Personalize Those Books
For those who love to write their names in their books. You can choose from several different stamp designs, ink colors and enter your friend’s name for the ultimate customized bookish gift.
Mark It In Style
These magnetic bookmarks don’t fall off easily and are hard to lose. Their maker, Monolike, offers a wide variety of colors and designs, so you can choose the best fit for your bookworm friend.
Book Inspired Stickers from Redbubble
Support Independent Artists
Redbubble is a marketplace filled with unique designs for any and all interests. Find the perfect bookish sticker for your friend and also support independent artists.
Pictured: “Flowers growing from book” sticker by designer andilynnf
Journal, Dream, Write
Redbubble’s selection of book inspired notebooks caters to just about every reader’s unique style. They also offer hardcover journals.
Pictured: “Little Women Spiral Notebook” designed by ods88
Gift Subscriptions & Editions
Audible Gift Subscription
Audiobooks for the Win
Perfect for busy readers who have laundry to fold and dishes to wash, but would love to listen to a well-preformed novel at the same time. I personally love listening to Audible’s original takes on a classic like Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. You can choose from 1, 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions.
Interested in trying out Audible yourself? Sign up for a month trial and get two free audible books to keep, by clicking here.
Kindle Unlimited Subscription
Read All the eBooks
Kindle Unlimited is essentially like Netflix but for eBooks. The subscription includes unlimited reads drawn from a massive Amazon collection that features both bestselling authors and up-and-coming indie writers. You can try out the service for a month free. You can also gift a subscription to the other readers in your life.
Gift Editions of Books
Classics But Classier
It can be hard to know what read a bookworm wants to dive into next. So why not get them a classier version of one of their old favorites. Give them a high-quality gift edition to replace a dog-eared paperback. They’ll cherish it in their bookish heart.
Grow The Next Generation of Readers
Help instill the love of literature from a young age with these amazingly cute baby books from BabyLit. Babylit turns classics like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Alice in Wonderland into durable board books. After my sister told me she was pregnant, I might have bought one… or two… or ten for my future niece or nephew. Okay, I definitely bought ten. But they were all so cute.
Pride and Prejudice: A Coloring Classic
Is your friend a book lover and a coloring fiend? Then definitely check out the selection of coloring books dedicated to literature.
Wood Page Holder
Whoever invented page holders was a genius and probably a book lover. This little device helps ease the hard work of holding a book.
Library Due Date Card Compact Purse Mirror
Vintage Elegance and Practicality
A compact mirror that looks like an overused library card? Yes, please.
Book Locket Necklace
A Book Full of Memories
This pretty book-shaped locket has several pages inside to hold pictures of loved ones. Help your friend keep a book of memories around their neck constantly with this necklace.
Clothing & Bags
Book Lover T-Shirts
Unique Tees for Bookworms
There are t-shirts for just about every major action movie, classic movie, sci-fi movie… but what about for every book? Check out classic literature-inspired shirts on the Ellie Dashwood Etsy shop. (Yes, that’s my shop. 😉 )
Pictured: “Obstinate Headstrong Girl Watercolor Shirt” designed by EllieDashwood
Bookworm Face Mask
Fight Covid in Style
Face masks have become the new normal. But they’re also a new way to express interests and passions, like for books. Give your friend the gift of a face mask they actually look forward to wearing because it’s just so them.
Mask Pictured: “Jane Eyre Quote – Charlotte Bronte Mask” by Lilee Mei
Literary Quote Tote Bags
Tote Those Books Around
Books are heavy. It’s best to tote them around. Check out literature-inspired tote bags on Etsy.
Pictured: “She Walks In Beauty Like The Night Tote” by Ellie Dashwood
Stay Toasty and Well Read
What’s the best reading conditions? Comfy and warm. Help your friend read in stylish comfort with a book inspired hoodie or sweatshirt.
Pictured: “Read Jane Austen Sweatshirt” by Ellie Dashwood
Bookworm Zipper Pouch
Support Independent Artists
Redbubble strikes again with an amazing variety of zipper pouches with fantastic bookish designs. Find one that’s perfect for your special bookworm on their website.
Featured: “A Bookworm’s Belongings Zipper Pouch” Designed by Oh Jess Marie
Food & Drink
Loose Leaf NovelTeas
Sip and Read
NovelTea Tins are collectible tea tins designed to look like luxury editions of classic novels. They also house delicious teas crafted to match the story. I first discovered NovelTeas through an Instagram Giveaway where I won their blend, Pride and Peppermint in a paperback edition (when the tin is cardboard instead of, well, tin). It was delicious and the adorable book it came in still decorates my office. If the reader in your life loves tea and books, then definitely check out their selection.
Book Inspired Mugs
Drink In The Story
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a reader needs a good mug of coffee or tea in hand while enjoying their latest book. But will that mug be literarily inspired? That’s up to what gift you choose.
Pictured: “Jane Austen Heroines Mug” designed by Ellie Dashwood
Bookworm Travel Mugs
For Readers on the Go
Help your bookworm friend enjoy hot beverages everywhere in style with a travel mug. Choose from countless bookish options on Redbubble.
Pictured: “Paisley Peacock Pride and Prejudice: Classic Travel Mug” by DoodleHeadDee
Reader Perfect Waterbottles
Stay Hydrated and Well Read
Water. It’s great. Except when it’s spilled all over a new book. Help your reader friend stay hydrated but protected against spills with a book lover’s water bottle.
Featured: “Little Women Water Bottle” Designed by mkunze
The Book Lover's Cookbook
Does your friend love to spend time in the kitchen? Then definitely check out this cookbook filled with recipes inspired by works of literature. Reading never tasted so good.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
Love shaking up new drinks? Well, with drink recipes like “A Rum of One’s Own” and “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita” this is the ultimate book lover’s cocktail guide.
Literary Wall Decor
Bring their favorite book worlds to their walls with literature-inspired art prints.
Pictured: “Pemberley Architectural Poster” by Ellie Dashwood
Don’t Let Those Books Fall
What is one fact all book lovers know? Books make great decor. Also, books tend to fall over if sat on vertically, despite how cool they look that way. Solve the problem in style for your reader friend with some bookends that complement their personal style.
Book Inspired Candles
Capture the Scent of the Story
What’s better than reading a book? Experiencing the story. Help the bookworm in your life live their best reading life with boutique candles crafted to capture the essence of their favorite fictional world.
Delicious Smelling Literary Soap
Support Small, Female Owned Businesses
Inspired by Jane Austen’s novels, book lover Laura Hansen launched her unique line of soaps and bath products in 2017. Not only do her soaps have Austenesque names like “Ardently” and “Fine Eyes” but each order is carefully wrapped in regency style.
Her website describes her packaging, “At Northanger Soapworks, we want you to feel like you are opening up a package that Jane Austen may have sent. A wax-sealed letter from the shop, a bit of muslin, and an optional handwritten gift card are complimentary and we hope makes opening your package a fun experience.”
Could you ask for better gift wrapping?
Book Lover Throw Pillows
Grab a Book and Get Comfy
Book, blankie, and pillow have been story time staples for many bookworms since before they could read. And really, is there anything better than having a bookish pillow to hug during the most anxiety causing scenes of a new novel. (Will that character die?! Will the couple finally get together?!)
Pillow Pictured: “So many books so little time Throw Pillow” by Risa Rodil